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Senators want know what VA has planned for COVID vaccine distribution

In today’s Federal Newscast, a group of Senate Democrats want to know how the Department of Veterans Affairs is planning to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine…

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Clarence Shields, center, an Army veteran, pickets with a small group of activists from the American Federation of Government Employees local 424 and the National Association of Government Employees local R3-19 outside the Baltimore VA Medical Center, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Baltimore. The Department of Veterans Affairs is struggling with shortages of workers at its health care facilities as it cares for veterans infected with the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

VA juggles rising number of staff illnesses, multiple missions during coronavirus

Close to 1,900 employees at the Veterans Health Administration have been diagnosed with coronavirus, and 20 have died from complications, the department…

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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, the exterior of the Veterans Affairs Department hospital is shown in east Denver. Investigators with the VA Office of Inspector General found that the hospital violated policy by keeping improper wait lists to track veterans' mental health care, confirming a whistleblower’s claims. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

More than 1,600 employees at VA medical facilities have coronavirus

Fourteen employees at the Veterans Health Administration have died due to complications from coronavirus, the department said Wednesday.

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(AP Photo/John Minchillo)A medical worker wearing a single protective glove and a face mask walks past a line of workers and visitors waiting to be tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the main entrance to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Monday, March 23, 2020, in New York.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Federal employees on frontlines of coronavirus response could get premium pay bumps

In today’s Federal Newscast, the Office of Personnel Management says agencies can lift the usual limits on premium pay and set higher annual premium pay caps for specific employees.

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